aisle

noun \ ˈī(-ə)l \

Definition of aisle

1 a (1) :a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats
(2) :such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature
  • supported by members on both sides of the aisle
b :a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic
2 :the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper
walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle
:to get married
  • Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.
  • —Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

  1. The bride walked down the aisle to the altar.

  2. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.

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Origin and Etymology of aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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AISLE Defined for Kids

aisle

noun \ ˈīl \

Definition of aisle for Students

1 :a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)
2 :a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)


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